Tuesday, December 14, 2010


The holidays are the perfect time to entertain and what could be more festive than having friends over for drinks? You may already have a stocked bar cart or tray tucked into the corner of your living room ready for a deluge of thirsty friends.  If not, don't worry, follow these rules and you will have a stocked and stylish bar ready to entertain friends and family this holiday season.
 My home bar is always ready to serve!

SET UP-Location, location location!  Set up the bar in the corner of the living room or hallway that isn't in the direct flow of traffic.  You want people to be able to find the bar easily, get their drink and move on. 

Tray-Find a pretty tray to keep all your serving essentials and liquor on. I keep a large silver tray on a console in my living room large enough for liquor, glasses and a wine bucket. 

Barware-A good cork screw (one that you can use!) a drinks shaker and twizzle sticks.

Napkins- I love linen cocktail napkins but there are so many beautiful paper napkins, perfect for cocktails.
Ice-lots of fresh ice in a pretty bucket.
Glasses-heavy old-fashioned glasses and generous wine stems make everything look fabulous
Fresh Cut fruit, yummy olives
Mixers-Cranberry and orange juices and tonic water are a good start.  If you know that a guest drinks only grapefruit and vodka make sure you have the right juice.
Liquor-Good vodka, gin, blended whiskey, bourbon, scotch and vermouth.
Wine-some prefer to only serve white, no spills or stains! 
Water-have plenty of flat and bubbly water, ice cold.

I think it's fun to have a "theme drink", especially around the holidays.  When I call friends to invite them for drinks I might say come for Christmas cosmo's--it sounds more festive and fun!

Always have something for your guests to nibble with their drinks. If you aren't going to serve heavy canapes,  a plate of prosciutto, olives, cheese and bread sticks looks pretty and there's something there that will appeal to everyone. 
Here's a delicious and festive cocktail-perfect for the holidays. Cheers!

Poinsettia Cocktail
adapted from Emeral Lagasse


  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup Champagne
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • Crushed ice
  • 2 strips orange zest, each about 1/4-inch wide and 2 inches long


Combine the vodka, Champagne and juice in a large-stemmed red wine glass. Add crushed ice and stir until the mixture is well chilled. Twist the orange strips over the glass, drop them in, and serve.


Splendid Sass said...

Will try this. I love cranberry juice and champagne so this should be perfect.
Have a great day.

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Some great tips here and that cocktail sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!

I Dream Of said...

so yummy! We actually drank these at a part last weekend. They were delicious and looked pretty, too!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I like this drink idea so simple but sounds quite delish.

Suburban Princess said...

Sounds yummy!! I never thought to add vodka!

Town and Country Mom said...

This looks wonderful--perfect for us to serve here where the poinsettia first came to the U.S!

Kate from Party Resources said...

I am going to have to try that cocktail at my next party. Fantastic!

pretty pink tulips said...

I want to come over for drinks!!! That Poinsetta Cocktail may just be my new fav. It has all my favorite ingredients!! :)

red ticking said...

i'll be right over! hope you are enjoying the season sweet friend xx

Chippy's Ice Cream Parlor said...

Appreciate this post, perfect for the holiday season!